Create a Geometric Focal Wall With Trim
A bold paint color and simple molding turn a bare wall into a stunning, graphic focal point.
- graph paper
- 1X2 primed MDF trim
- semi-gloss paint
- spackle knife
- caulk gun
- circular saw
- nail punch
- nail gun
- finishing nails
- painter's tape
- liquid bonding adhesive
Use tape measure to determine the proper height and width of wall.
Jot Down Dimensions
Write your wall dimensions down on the graph paper.
Referring to the dimensions, create an original design on graph paper using pencil. Note: This will vary depending on the size of your wall. In the video how-to, the five vertical pieces of trim are 21 inches apart, with the horizontal pieces starting either 10 inches or 21 inches from the ceiling.
Find and Mark Center Point of Wall
Using tape measure, pencil and a piece of painter’s tape, mark center point of wall along top and bottom. These marks will be your guide for installing the first two pieces of trim, each evenly spaced to the left and the right of the center mark.
Cut Two Center Pieces of Vertical Trim
Referring to measurements on graph paper, cut two pieces of vertical trim with circular saw.
Position Two Center Pieces of Vertical Trim
Referring to pencil marks on painter’s tape, place first two pieces of vertical trim in their proper positions.
Attach Two Center Pieces of Vertical Trim
With each of the two center pieces of vertical trim in their proper position, add a bead of liquid bonding adhesive to the back, press into place, then securely fasten with finishing nails.
Tip: To sink finishing nails, tap each nail with nail punch until each nail sits slightly below the surface of the trim.
Install Remaining Pieces of Vertical Trim
Repeat these steps for all pieces of vertical trim.
Cut Horizontal Trim Pieces
Referring to measurements on graph paper, measure, mark, then cut each piece of horizontal trim with circular saw.
Install Horizontal Trim Pieces
Referring to dimensions on graph paper, place each horizontal piece of trim in proper position, then secure into place with hammer and finishing nails.
Spackle, Sand, Caulk and Paint
Once all vertical and horizontal pieces of trim are installed, add spackle to holes, smooth out with spackle knife, caulk edges, then paint with paint brush.